Easy Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip! Creamy, tangy, herby and super fresh tasting thanks to fresh dill and chives. SO GOOD. This simple yogurt ranch dip will take your veggie platter to a whole new dipping level!
Every party needs a tasty dip. Especially if you're serving a crudités platter (that's just a fancy word for sliced raw veggies).
And while we're at it so does every chicken strip and jojo potato. My middle-school aged years became an expert in that bit of dipping wisdom.
First, before we dive into this recipe, I am going to apologize. This easy greek yogurt ranch dip may forever ruin your relationship with ranch from a squeeze bottle. If you make ranch using a premade seasoning packet, this apology includes you too.
So here it is. I'm sorry. (but not really).
Why you'll love this greek yogurt ranch dip!
If you come from the mindset that ranch is a quintessential dip, sauce, spread (whatever you want to call it) for a wide variety of foods, you and I think alike.
And it honestly doesn't get any better than this version of homemade ranch. It's:
- Has a bit of tang and zippiness
- Loaded with fresh herbs
- Even better with time, so don't hesitate to make it a day or two ahead of time
- Substantial enough for dipping and can be easily modified if you need to make it drizzable
- Made with just 1 bowl, 10 ingredients, and 5 minutes of prep
It's a total crowd pleaser. If you're serving a veggie platter at your next party, make this greek yogurt ranch the centerpiece and watch your party people dive in.
Recipe ingredients & suggestions
- Greek yogurt: Just plain greek yogurt. Full fat or nonfat, it's up to you. It's thicker and creamier than regular yogurt and a skinnier option compared to the typical sour cream and mayonnaise combo often found in ranch dip recipes.
- Parmigiano-Reggiano: Only the real stuff please. If you like a chunkier dip, grate the cheese with a box grater, for a smoother dip, grate with a microplane grater.
- Buttermilk: Adds a rich tangy flavor and helps thin out greek yogurt's thick consistency.
- Fresh herbs: Fresh chives and dill are essential in my opinion. I'll occasionally throw in a little bit of fresh thyme as well. Parsley would also be a great in place of the thyme. The key is to finely chop the herbs so they compliment the dip rather than being too herbaceously chunky.
- Garlic: Just one little clove will do.
- Cider vinegar: Adds brightness and balance to this rich, creamy dip.
- Spices: Just some kosher salt, ground black pepper, and a little cayenne will do the trick. Cayenne is optional but it adds a nice, subtle little zip of heat.
How to make this quick and easy ranch dip
Step 1: Add all of the ranch dip ingredients to a bowl.
Step 2: Give the dip a few stirs to combine.
Step 3: Grab your favorite veggies and arrange around a bowl of the ranch dip.
Step 4: Get dipping! Wasn't that SO easy?!
Important recipe tips!
- Let the dip sit and rest a bit. 30 minutes is probably all it really needs to allow the flavors to develop. If you can make it at least a day in advance, even better in my opinion.
- Give it a stir before you serve. Dips always have a natural tendency to separate a bit because of the liquids in them. This dip is no different, especially since it has yogurt and buttermilk in it. Just give it a quick stir before serving and and all will be perfectly tasty.
What foods you should definitely dip in your ranch
Okay, let's discuss the many tasty ways you could enjoy this dip:
- ALL the vegetables. I will eat a million raw veggies every day if you give them to me with a side of this ranch dip. Think carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, bell peppers, cauliflower, tomatoes, radishes, snap peas, endive. The world is your veggie. Go crazy.
- Let's not forget roasted veggies too.
- Chicken strips and jojo potatoes. When I was in middle school the grocery store deli clerk knew my order needed to include a side of ranch. This dip is definitely an upgrade from those after-school deli counter ranch days. Chicken wings and chicken drumsticks would love a dunk in this ranch too.
- A spread for burgers, sandwiches, or wraps. I'm dreaming of it now.
- A dressing for salads. Spoon on a few dollops for a thicker salad dressing or thin it out a little with additional buttermilk or even a little extra virgin olive oil.
- A saucy topping for taco bowls or these southwest chicken rice bowls.
- Dip your pizza crusts in it (or better yet, just dollop it on top of the pizza). Who else is with me on this?!
- And don't forget potato chips. They beg to be dunked in a dip.
Frequently asked questions
Ranch dressing is typically made with buttermilk while ranch dip is often made with sour cream, which contributes to the differences in consistency between the two. This dip can be made into a dressing by simply adding more buttermilk.
I love sour cream based dips. However, if you're looking to make a dip with less calories, less fat, and higher in protein, greek yogurt is a great option. Greek yogurt is very similar to sour cream and is a great 1-to-1 substitute in most recipes where sour cream is called for.
According to the New York Times, Steve Henson, a plumber from the tiny village of Thayer, Nebraska, came up with the dressing mix around 1950, during a stint in Anchorage as a construction worker, where he also served as an occasional cook for the crew. Steve and his wife, Gayle, later moved to California in 1954 and bought a ramshackle property called Sweetwater Ranch, near Santa Barbara, California. They renamed it Hidden Valley, opened it as a guest ranch, and according to their son, Nolan Henson, the place became popular as a steakhouse, with Steve’s dressing becoming a favorite souvenir among visitors.
The only rule for this dip: don't be a double dipper. Unless you have your own bowl (which I highly suggest). ♡
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